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Screen Nova Scotia, ACTRA announce nominees for film, TV awards

Halifax writer-actor-director Jackie Torrens has been nominated for two ACTRA Maritimes Awards, and her documentary My Week on Welfare, which she wrote, directed and starred in, has been nominated for a Screen Nova Scotia Award for best documentary. The ACTRA trophies will be presented at the second annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards on May 7.
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Halifax writer-actor-director Jackie Torrens. (SHAUN SIMPSON)

By LOCAL XPRESS

Halifax writer-actor-director Jackie Torrens has been nominated for two ACTRA Maritimes Awards, and her documentary My Week on Welfare, which she wrote, directed and starred in, has been nominated for a Screen Nova Scotia Award for best documentary.

The ACTRA trophies will be presented at the second annual Screen Nova Scotia Awards on May 7 at 8 p.m. in the Schooner Room at Casino Nova Scotia.

The event, described as “a celebration of the screen-based community in Nova Scotia,” also includes the Screen Nova Scotia Film & Television Awards, the DANS Digital Animation Awards and the Film Crew Excellence Award.

Actor-director Cory Bowles will host.

Torrens is nominated for best lead actress for her role as social worker Drucie MacKay in the TV series Sex & Violence and for best supporting actress for her role as Shelley Doucette in the feature film Across the Line (known as Undone when it won the Best Atlantic Feature Award at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax).

Sex & Violence, written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, earned five ACTRA nominations and is a nominee for the Screen Nova Scotia best-television-series award.

Also nominated for best lead actress is Jennie Raymond, who plays Const. Maria Roach. Nominated for supporting actor is Glen Matthews, who plays Stephen. Andria Wilson and Krista MacDonald, who play Ginger Kim and Krista Cirby, respectively, were nominated for best supporting actress for the show, which airs on OUTtv.

Fitzgerald’s other Halifax-shot TV series Forgive Me earned ACTRA nominations for best actor for Mike McLeod, who plays Priest, Gharrett Patrick Paon for best supporting actor for his role as Royce and best supporting actress for Mary-Colin Chisholm, who plays Mary-Margaret. The show airs on Super Channel.

Jonathan Torrens, who recently left Trailer Park Boys, where he played the much-loved character J-Roc, is nominated for an ACTRA for best actor for his role as vice-principal Robert Cheeley in the CBC-TV comedy series Mr. D.

Mr. D also earned an ACTRA nomination for best lead actress for Bette MacDonald, who plays school secretary Trudy Walsh, as well as a Screen Nova Scotia nomination for best TV series.

Across the Line, which was shot in Nova Scotia and screened theatrically across Canada earlier this month, ends its Nova Scotia run Thursday at Bayers Lake. It was written by East Preston native Floyd Kane and directed by Director X and has three ACTRA award nominations. Besides Torrens, Denis Theriault and Simon Paul Mutuyimana are nominated for best supporting actor for their roles as Todd and Dwight, respectively. 

“These nominations illustrate the depth of talent in our membership and the diversity of the productions our members shine in, from feature film to short film, to CBC and specialty cable-TV series,” Richard Hadley, ACTRA Maritimes, branch representative, said in a news release. 

“We are proud to recognize the talent, creativity, determination and teamwork that are the trademarks of Nova Scotia film, television and digital media,” Erika Beatty, executive director of Screen Nova Scotia, said in another release. “These hard-working individuals have helped contribute more than $180 million to the province’s GDP, exporting Nova Scotian stories to millions of people all over the world.”

Tickets to the gala are on sale at www.screennovascotia.com

The nominees for the Screen Nova Scotia awards are:

Best short film

4 Quarters (Grassfire Films) 
Bound (Daniel Boos) 
I Am Coming to Paris to Kill You (Cut/Off/Tail Pictures) 
Righteous (BlackRabbit Entertainment) 

Best documentary film

Canada 360 (Arcadia Entertainment)
Fanarchy (Ruby Tree Films)
Forever Young (Tell Tale Productions)
My Week on Welfare (Peep Media)

Best feature film

Noon Gun (Alright Pictures)
North Mountain (Mazeking Pictures & Kingsberg Studios)
There Are Monsters (Northeast Films)
Your Money or Your Wife (Shut Up and Deal Films) 

Best television series

Haven (Big Motion Pictures)
Mr. D (Topsail Entertainment) 
Sex & Violence (Emotion Pictures)
Studio Black! (Picture Plant Ltd.)

The ACTRA Maritimes nominees are:

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role:

Denis Theriault, Across the Line
Gharrett Paon, Forgive Me      
Glen Matthews, Sex & Violence
Simon Paul Mutuyimana, Across the Line          

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role:                                                                                                    

Andria Wilson, Sex & Violence
Jackie Torrens, Across the Line                               
Krista MacDonald, Sex & Violence         
Mary-Colin Chisholm, Forgive Me

Best performance by an actor in a lead or featured role:                                                                                            

Jonathan Torrens, Mr. D
Mike McLeod, Forgive Me
Miles Leahy, Una forma de partir
Nathan D. Simmons, Studio Black!                                                                        

Best performance by an actress in a lead or featured role:                                                                                        

Bette MacDonald, Mr. D
Jackie Torrens, Sex & Violence
Jennie Raymond, Sex & Violence
Leah Johnston, My Younger Older Sister       

The nominees for the DANS (Digital Animators of Nova Scotia) Award are:

Best scene in an animated production:

Bit By Bit / Animator: Jeff Roach (Huminah Animation)
Inspector Gadget / Animators: Craig Coady, Adam Munro, and Barry A. Sanders (DHX)
Teen Titans Go / Animator: Caleb Chappell (Copernicus Studios)
Wishenpoof / Animator: Marc Fagan (DHX) 

The nominees for the Film Crew Excellence Award will be announced at a later date. 



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